Late on Wednesday afternoon, when the returns came in from both Napa and Yolo county that had Bill Dodd in first by 669 votes over Charlie Schaupp, and Dan Wolk trailed Mr. Schaupp for second place by 1126 votes, the writing was on the wall that Dan Wolk was not going to succeed in his bid for the State Assembly.
He was not ready to publicly concede on Wednesday night, but on Thursday afternoon the Wolk campaign sent out a release announcing that Dan Wolk had called both called Bill Dodd and Charlie Schaupp on Wednesday night to congratulate them for placing in the top two of last Tuesday’s Primary Election and continuing on to the November General Election.
In his conversation with Dodd, he pledged his support and promised to do whatever he could do to help get the Napa County Supervisor elected to the Assembly.
“I want to thank all of my opponents for a hard-fought campaign, and my supporters and volunteers from throughout the district for the countless hours they dedicated to our effort,” said Dan Wolk, who will be seated as Mayor of Davis on July 1. “I am incredibly proud of the campaign we ran, focusing on rebuilding the California Dream, championing the middle class and reinvesting in California’s public schools.”
Dan Wolk “made the decision to concede after more than ten thousand votes were counted and reported by Napa and Yolo Counties, giving Dodd a strong lead. He cited his shared vision for California in his decision to endorse his fellow Democrat, Dodd.”
“I am happy to endorse Bill Dodd to represent the 4th Assembly District. I know Bill will be an excellent, hardworking representative for the diverse communities in this district – and I look forward to working with him to make California better,” said Mr. Wolk.
Dan Wolk will continue to serve on the Davis City Council, and will be sworn in for a two-year term as mayor on July 1.
“My commitment to the issues we focused on in our campaign will not fade and I will continue working to make our communities better, in Davis and beyond,” Mr. Wolk said regarding his future.
The Dodd campaign put out a brief statement from Bill Dodd, a Democrat, who will face Republican Charlie Schaupp in November.
Bill Dodd stated, “Dan Wolk was a formidable opponent who made this campaign a more vibrant exchange of ideas for the future of California. I valued the occasions we shared the stage at candidate forums to discuss how our state should move forward improving our public schools, infrastructure and environmental protections.”
He added, “I am honored to have Dan’s support for the November general election and look forward to working with him to serve the residents of Davis and all of Assembly District 4.”
The Assembly race had been too close to call a week after the election.
On Wednesday, the Assembly Race dynamics changed in a dramatic way as the two largest counties – Napa and Yolo Counties – completed the bulk of their uncounted ballots.
The results were dramatic as Bill Dodd initially surged to a huge lead when the Napa votes came in, and that lead remained after Yolo County came in (where Bill Dodd performed poorly compared to Dan Wolk and Charlie Schaupp).
At the end of the day, Bill Dodd was in first place by 669 votes over Charlie Schaupp, and Dan Wolk trailed Mr. Schaupp for second place by 1126 votes.
The Vanguard’s analysis this week suggested Charlie Schaupp would finish first and Bill Dodd a close second with Dan Wolk about 1000 ballots off. The Dodd campaign now believes that Bill Dodd will prevail and finish first. However, that point is academic.
In November Bill Dodd will face Charlie Schaupp. While Mr. Schaupp was able to win a spot for November, the district is heavily Democratic. The registration is 45.8 percent Democratic, 26.1 percent Republican and 25.7 percent Independent.
In 2008, Obama won this district 64.8 to 32.2 over McCain. Prop 8 failed 55-42. Governor Brown won handily, 57-36 over Meg Whitman.
For 18 years, Davis has been represented by a female Assemblymember from the city of Davis. The last time a resident of Napa County had reached the state legislature was 1980.
—David M. Greenwald reporting